How To Make Camcorder Stabilisers  

by Matt Hawkins, 01/11/2010
Categories : Tutorials & Guides

A camera stabilizer is a mount for a video camera which mechanically isolates the camera operator's movement from the camera. This allows a smooth shot even if the operator is moving quickly over an uneven surface.

Using a stabiliser gives you the benefits of a normal static tripod with the fluid motion of a dolly and the flexibility of a hand-held shot. The purpose of the stabilizer is to follow the operators intended movements while absorbing unwanted jerks, bumps, and shakes.

The original and most well known camera stabilizer is the Steadicam invented by Garrett Brown.

If an original Steadicam is outside of your budget (and if you are reading this then it almost certainly is!) then there are number of cheap alternatives for the low-budget film maker.

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Which stabilizer you build or how you modify it depends on your use. You may need a few different designs and use them appropriately.

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